Republicans have been intently focused on recapturing a majority in the House of Representatives after next year’s midterm elections.
Now, the results of a new poll showing high levels of support for former President Donald Trump suggest their optimism may be justified.
“Uphold the institutions of government”
According to the Washington Examiner, the survey was conducted by a politically moderate Republican-linked organization, the Main Street Republican Partnership. It reportedly found that although Trump’s demeanor and behavior have turned off a good deal of voters, his policies remain widely popular among swing voters.
Judging from the response of 600 GOP and independent voters polled between April 13-22, only 31% of voters want an “uncompromising insurgent” to “shake up the status quo” while 57% prefer someone who will “uphold the institutions of government.”
Trump’s messaging also resonates with a mix of conservatives and moderates, including two issues in particular: China and immigration.
Nearly 3 in 4 respondents said they would support Republicans who hold China accountable for actions such as covering up the COVID-19 outbreak. More than 2 in 3 said they would be more likely to support GOP candidates who urge action to secure the southern border.
The top issues of importance to the voters surveyed were corruption in D.C. (37%) and immigration (18%). Results came with a margin of error of 6%.
Trump remains a force within GOP
GOP leaders hope that voters alienated by President Joe Biden’s far-left agenda will aid in their recapture of control on Capitol Hill. There remains some disagreement within the party, however, regarding what role, if any, Trump should play in the upcoming campaign cycle.
For the Main Steet Republican Partnership, the answer appears to be that Trump has diminished the party’s “moral standing.”
Nevertheless, the results of its own survey suggest that the former president’s agenda remains popular even if his personality does not.
It remains to be seen how useful the information in this poll might be, but it seems clear that Trump has provided his party with a winning formula — and voters do not appear anxious to return to the same old politics of the prior GOP.
For his part, the former president has already begun to weigh in on midterm races by offering endorsements to several preferred candidates, reports note.